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post #1 of 11
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I'm very excited about my Mother visiting us tomorrow. She's coming to stay with us for 2 weeks. I'm trying to think of something to make for her for dinner after her long flight.
What to make? Nothing too heavy . I was thinking maybe a casserole? Something that I can make ahead while I pop over to the airport.

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post #2 of 11
A vegetable soup and some good bread would be my vote. Helps hydration, good nutrition, light, digestible. A nice homey welcoming touch and it will work with most any schedule. Let it sit on warm in a crockpot even while you're picking her up. Should hold OK even with flight delays, customs and baggage.

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post #3 of 11
the first years i was here in italy and would go home i'd find a huge meal waiting - the last thing i wanted at what for me was well past midnight, and having eaten three meals in 8 hours on the plane, of disgusting food and feeling queasy already.
I say something snackable, tasty and appetizing, but small, which, from your own cuisine, should be easy enough, and maybe a nice soup - egg lemon? am i being banal?
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post #4 of 11
I'll third the vote for a light meal & fluids. at least flying west your mom will start out in the morning, one presumes, so she has a full day of "airplanes" - holding down those seats is exhausting - the wings keep making the seats want to go up. . .

Crete to Athens to ? is a long tiring trip. finger food, salad, carbonated liquids to kill the kerosene taste, cookies and a flat warm bed is all I'd go for!
post #5 of 11
I second the soup idea. It seems no matter where I go in the world, soup always seem to have the same feeling of being homey and comforting. And since you are in NY, I will assume it will be chilly. Soup is great with a loaf of fresh homemade bread. To introduce her to American food maybe a light Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder, a nice New England style bread like Anadama bread, butter and Apple Butter.
post #6 of 11
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Thanks for the ideas.

I was totally thinking egg-lemon but don't have the patience for making a chicken broth, though a great vegetable soup (without beans) sounds fantastic, and maybe some cheese and bread as finger food - what do you suggest? I've never actually made vegetable soup without beans though so gotta research that. Should I put some ditallinis in it too?

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post #7 of 11
I made one today with lentils, carrots, celery, tomato, garlic, onion, pearl barley. SLightly curried, but also with some sage and thyme. You shouldn't obviously taste curry powder in it unless you know it's there. Just tastes a bit rich but not meaty.

Phil
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post #8 of 11
I'll throw in a vote for something light like a soup. She can have a taste or two while adjusting to life off the plane, or she can chow down on a quart or two if it suits her mood. Do the bbq ribs and cornbread in a day or two after she's settled in a bit.

Here's a soup suggestion

Roast Garlic Tomato Soup


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post #9 of 11
What patience do you need? It doesn;t have to be a chef's broth, just put the chicken under cold water, let it come slowly to the boil, add celery, carrot, onion, thyme, salt and pepper, and let it cook as long as you have time for. Yeah. yuou can make an amazing broth with all the techniques that call for patience, skimming and all, but you can also make a really good broth, and not skim, just let it sit there, over a very low flame - if you egg-lemon it, the clarity doesn;t make so much difference.
"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #10 of 11
Mapiva, by now your mom has probably arrived. What did you finally decide to do for her first meal with you?
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post #11 of 11
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Mom arrived yesterday and it's been great, I probably won't be around much since I'll be spending lots of time with her.

We ended up having a vegetable soup and a cheese platter. It turned out well but she's not so fun to cook for because she eats very very little like a rabbit.

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